My Dog Died, What Do I Do?


Our pet dying is something no pet parent wants to think about. Often we live in denial, telling ourselves that our furry best friend will just some how live forever. However, that is not the reality and it is something every pet owner should prepare for.

What do you do if you dog dies at home?

First give yourself time to grieve. Whether you knew their time was coming or it was completely unexpected the shock and sadness of losing your companion can be hard to bare. Remember that you don’t have to handle this alone. You can lean on friends and family for help. You have a few different options for what to do next.

One option is to burry your dog in your yard. This option can be hard because you do have to handle the body of your dog, but it can also give you greater sense of peace. Burying your dog can give you closure and it also allows you to have a reminder of them close to home. If you don’t want to burry your dog in your back yard or you don’t have a back yard, you can search to see if there is a pet cemetery near you. Bare in mind this could be quite a cost.

Another option is to call your vet. Your vet can help you with next steps and most times they are connected to a crematory. Again this option can be costly. Your vet may offer a pick-up service, but there is a possibility you will have to take your dog to the vet’s office for the transfer.

You can also skip going through your vet and go directly to a crematory. You can search for local crematories in your area. There are often pet specific crematories that offer a variety of memorial packages.

You have to decide what is best for you financially and what will best help you cope with your loss. Every person grieves differently and so there are many different ways we can handle losing our pet. If you feel like you need to speak with someone look for support groups online or in your community.

Talk to your vet next time you are in for a check-up and see if they have pamphlets with information to help you devise a plan.